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September 11-17 is National Arts in Education Week

12 Sep 2016, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Classes, Community, Press Releases

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September 11-17 is National Arts in Education Week

Art’s always in at the Morean Arts Center

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Approaching its 100th year of educating the community in all things art, the Morean Arts Center has been at the forefront of establishing art as an important aspect of education providing individuals of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.

The Morean Arts Center functions similar to a school, with professional artists teaching classes open to people of all ages during and after regular Pinellas County school hours. Where public schools introduce children to the concept of expression through art, the Morean fosters growth by introducing them to a variety of options in art education.

Seven class sessions are offered each year with a variety of classes in different mediums including drawing, painting, jewelry making, photography and digital, clay, print making, metal sculpture and fiber arts. In September, the Morean attracted a number of renowned artists to host workshops in disciplines such as wood burning, glass fusing & slumping, and photo studio 101 with more opportunities offered every month.

Jonathan Harrison, Director of Education at the Morean Arts Center, said you don’t have to be an expert at any particular medium to take a class at the Morean. “It can be as simple as you’ve always wanted to learn how to blend colors on a canvas or get your hands dirty with clay but didn’t know where to start.”

In addition to supporting the arts in schools, the Morean also hosts Saturdays @ the Morean for children ages 5-10 to drop in for FREE family fun in an art studio with a parent and/or guardian. The Morean Center for Clay hosts Sundays @ the Morean from 1pm-3pm for children ages 5-15.

The Morean also provides one day art camps for children 5-10 for Pinellas County teacher training days, with the next one approaching on Wednesday, October 12, from 9am-3pm.

As a community-based visual arts organization that has been a part of the St. Petersburg cultural landscape since 1917, the Morean Arts Center, Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Morean Center for Clay and Chihuly Collection connect people with art through daily programming offered 363 days a year.

Arts education took a more prominent position in education with a new chapter of American educational policy with Every Student Succeeds Act and its arts-friendly provisions. The new provision recognizes the benefits of art in school and its contribution to providing well-rounded educations.

For more information on the Morean Arts Center’s role in arts education, please visit www.MoreanArtsCenter.org or call 727.822.7872 ext. 8. A full list of classes offered can be found here www.MoreanArtsCenter.org/classes-2/

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The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.

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